Residents call for lower speed limit on new road

A garden close to the relief road
A garden close to the relief road

The decision to set a 50mph speed limit on a long-awaited new road has provoked a storm of protest from locals and community leaders.

We recently reported that East Dunbartonshire Council’s neighbourhood services committee had agreed to the speed limit for the Bishopbriggs Relief Road.

In a report council officers said that consultation had been carried out and that “no objections” had been received.

Thomas Glen, the council’s director of development and regeneration said that the road could have a higher speed limit than surrounding 30mph streets “as there are no buildings near the road and few connecting roads”.

But now several local residents and a community council secretary have got in touch insisting that they DO want to object, that they haven’t been consulted, and that there are buildings near the road.

John McIntosh, who lives in Lumloch Drive, estimates that his garden is just 30ft away from the road.

He said: “Nobody has asked our opinion but I’ve now objected. The limit is too high and will mean that road noise will be much worse for people living nearby. We’re looking for sound barriers to be built but it would be much better to have it set at maybe 40mph.”

And Robroyston Community Council secretary Carole Phillip added: “I have emailed East Dunbartonshire Council to request they reconsider the decision as traffic using the Relief Road will use Robroyston Road and Saughs Road as a route to and from the M80 - all of which is a 30 limit and will remain so.”

Thomas Glen, the council’s director of development and regeneration, said: “A consultation was held internally with ward members and statutory consultees including the emergency services, SPT, the Road Haulage Association and the local community council, who made no objection.

“Following this consultation the Neighbourhood Services Committee approved that a 50 mph speed limit could be advertised for Wester Lumloch Road. A public consultation, when representations from residents and the public will be invited, is yet to take place.

“The 50mph speed limit on the road at the moment is a temporary order to create a speed limit on the new roundabout for when it opens.

“It has been set at 50mph to reduce speed as Westerhill Road currently has a 60mph speed limit.”